JOHNSTON, Iowa — Granular and Pioneer Agronomy, both cornerstones of Corteva Agriscience, have joined forces to create a first-of-its-kind resource for U.S. farmers. Their proprietary digital planting guide brings together the best of Pioneer Agronomy expertise plus more than 5 million acres of anonymized Granular and Corteva data and insights.
The free planting guide is built to debunk three specific planting myths — timing, population and planting depth — and demonstrates how using millions of acres worth of data collected through collaboration from the most progressively minded farmers can help avoid a loss of up to $120 in profit per acre.
“Farmers have one shot at planting each year,” said Mary Gumz, agronomy manager with Pioneer. “Whatever tools we can provide to take one more decision off a farmer’s plate or lessen the load through actionable data and insights, we are committed to doing. We have best-in-class agronomists plus leading data and insights to give farmers the upper hand going into plant ’21. Our planting guide distills up-to-date information in a manner where a farmer can actually use it to make decisions specific to their state and operation.”
Available on both desktop and mobile, features of the guide include:
• State-specific planting date and seeding rate trends.
• Seeding rate calculator and insights.
• Downloadable planting checklist.
• Video tutorials on planting depth.
• Direct access to in-depth Pioneer Agronomy research of corn and soybean planting depth, planting date, population research and much more.
“If you ask farmers how they make decisions, some make their decisions based on data, but what we have found that when really pressed, farmers rely on their gut because it’s how they’ve always been doing something or it’s what other farmers around them are doing,” said Ken O’Brien, Granular U.S. commercial digital marketing lead.
“Granular has been helping farmers transition to making data-driven decisions for more than seven years. We stand side by side with them and provide the support they need to turn their data into actions. This guide is an extension of that work and we feel strongly it can help farmers make more confident, data-backed decisions as they move into planting season.”
Farmers can access the guide at www.granular.ag/Plant21.